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Roedean School

Roedean Way, Brighton, BN2 5RQ

Roedean is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18, located in Sussex, England. Roedean School was founded by the Lawrence sisters in 1885, whose purpose was to prepare girls for entry into the women’s colleges at Oxbridge....

Phone: 01273667500

Website: www.roedean.co.uk

Head: Niamh Green

Registrar Details:

Ali Wienekus

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Roedean is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18, located in Sussex, England. Roedean School was founded by the Lawrence sisters in 1885, whose purpose was to prepare girls for entry into the women’s colleges at Oxbridge. Roedean’s history is fundamental to their identity, and is maintained today through various ventures. For example, 4 female ambassadors (including two Olympic Gold medallists), who work with the girls in different pursuits; Sports, Creative Arts and STEM. The School aims to provide ‘a distinctively academic, high-quality, all-round education, within a caring and friendly community in a wonderful coastal setting’.

Roedean welcomed Niamh Green as their new Headmistress in April 2023. Most recently, Ms Green was Senior Deputy and Acting Head at Mayfield School in East Sussex, though her previous positions include roles at Woldingham, Sherborne Girls, and Godolphin. Green asserts her purpose at Roedean as working with staff and parents to create in each student ‘a confident, ambitious and compassionate young woman, ready to make her mark on the world’.

Roedean School offers full, weekly and flexi-boarding to its girls, allowing families to find a balance tailored to their requirements. There are 6 Boarding Houses; Keswick, Lawrence and Houses 1 through 4. Each interior has been ‘specially designed to have personality and character’. Indeed, the boarding facilities are described by Tatler as ‘the swankiest in the world’. Each girl from Y10-13 has an individual room, and junior girls (Y7, Y8 & Y9) enjoy shared rooms. In each House, the junior girls comprise a separate wing. Sixth Form girls live together in separate houses, enjoying more independence while in close proximity to the main school building.

Approximately 330 girls stay onsite at weekends, and Roedean provides a variety of activities and extracurricular pursuits for those who choose to do so. There are over 130 co- and extra- curricular activities on offer at Roedean School. Girls can immerse themselves in activities spanning sports, the creative arts and beyond. From Farm Club on Roedean’s own farm to Model United Nations (MUN), Schola Cantorum to Karate, girls at Roedean are encouraged to pursue their interests, enrich their education, and enjoy a holistic school experience reaching far beyond a strict curriculum.

Admission to Roedean necessitates a test in literacy, numeracy, and then an interview. Places at the School are increasingly competitive, and whilst academically selective, welcomes girls with strong potential. Roedean leavers most often progress to UCL (University College London), Edinburgh, King’s College London, Bath and LSE (London School of Economics).

Sector: Independent

Type: Senior School, Sixth Form

Day/Boarding: Boarding Only

Setting: Town

Total Pupils: 625

Ages Covered: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Gender: Girls

Religious Ethos: None

Opening Date: 1/1/1906

Sibling Policy: Yes

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Selection: Academically Selective